TALES Live!

Jason Duque Raleyu head shotJason Duque Raley, Ph.D. (Education)
May 16, 2017
4-5 PM
 Girvetz 1004


 The Importance of Ignorance in Teaching for Learning

The richest kind of learning comes from discovering things for ourselves, gaining ownership over our learning through wrestling first-hand with a field’s ideas and inquiries. If it’s so good, why is teaching for that kind of learning so hard? Through metaphor and story, this talk will describe this kind of learning as well as the source of our difficulties in achieving it. We will take aim at our own expertise, the very source of our professional and pedagogical status, and the curriculum and culture that celebrate it. A few disruptive practices will be starting points for fruitful discussion with the audience. Register to attend


Salim Yaqub, Ph.D. (History)
May 22, 2017
3-4pm McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

Analysis and Empathy: Helping Students Gain More Fully Rounded Understandings of Controversial Issues

How can we help students both feel from the inside and see from the  outside? How can we empower them grasp, at one and the same time, not  just the breadth of complex social and political issues but also the  subjective experiences of individuals caught up in those issues? This  talk uses a simulated class exercise on the Vietnam War–involving  analysis, dramatization, empathetic reconstruction, and debate–to  discuss and model strategies for encouraging students to think in such  differing registers. Register to attend


Enda Duffy, Ph.D. (English)
February 7, 2017
4-5 PM
 Girvetz 1004


Teaching the Truth
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What do people remember about the teachers they loved? Their passion, their inspiration–and their conviction. In this talk, Enda Duffy examines how in humanities teaching in particular the truth is often held to be provisional and undecidable. Yet this ambivalence undermines passionate thinking. It forbids us as teachers from transmitting the most vital part: courage. The best teaching happens when teachers challenge their students to see what the truth is and then to stand up for it.


Helene Gardner, Ph.D.
 (Environmental Studies)
February 28, 2017
4-5 PM 
Girvetz 1004


Telling Tales In School
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To tell stories in school is to harness the force of the spoken word. The spoken word, after all, has provided context for memory for millennia. This vibrant talk will explore the power of anecdotes in the science classroom for conducting problem-solving sessions with students, establishing discussion topics, ordering the presentation of material, and exemplifying a point. The audience will experience these techniques during the talk and subsequent discussion.